Serowe — Botswana's fourth president, Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has called for the nation to unite in assisting the less privileged members of society by building houses for them.
Lt Gen. Dr Khama said this during a hand over ceremony of a house worth P73 000 built under the National Housing Appeal by St Isabella Church to Mr Lesego Moke in Serowe on Saturday.
"I will not tire in seeking assistance, neither will I tire to help others. I will continue to ask for assistance from churches, businesses and individuals," he said.
He noted that although Vision 2016 had elapsed, what St Isabella Church had done was in line with the pillar of a Caring and Compassionate Nation, adding that there was Vision 2036, which advocated for a Moral, Tolerant and Inclusive Nation.
"The second pillar in Vision 2026 stresses that Botswana will be a moral, tolerant and inclusive society that provides opportunities for all, where all members of the society will contribute to the social upliftment and development of the family, the community and the nation at large," he said.
He further noted that, through that pillar, the nation would promote equal opportunities for all and ensured that prosperity was widely shared through active participation, leaving no-one behind.
"Social inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity as well as empowering the poor and marginalised to take advantage of opportunities.
This is where we want to be by 2036, not that we have lost the Vision 2016 ideals," he said.
Lt Gen. Dr Khama also assured Batswana of his continued assistance through Lady Khama Charitable Trust.
"Lady Khama Charitable Trust supports charitable organisations that focus on helping less fortunate and vulnerable women and children," he said.
For his part, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, also Serowe North Member of Parliament, Mr Kgotla Autlwetse thanked Lt Gen. Dr Khama for his foresight and visionary leadership in resuscitating the spirit of 'pelegano' through the National Housing Appeal initiative.
He indicated that to date, 823 houses have been handed over to deserving families and their dignities restored.
"St Isabella Church, you are an exemplary church epitomised in the Book of Acts. You are custodians of faith with action," he said.
Mr Autlwetse implored Mr Moke to take proper care of the house.
"Serowe North constituency is blessed. Let me thank Swaneng Hill for the house they donated in Tidimalo ward and Water Utilities Corporation for the house they donated in Tshimoyapula," he said.
Source : BOPA